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PHS Science Teacher Joy Barnes-Johnson: “Embellish Every Day With Laughter”

Teacher and Not in Our Town Princeton facilitator, Dr. Joy Barnes-Johnson was awarded the 2019 NJEA Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Human and Civil Rights award.  While they neglected to mention the award and her co-teaching the first Princeton High…

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Does Teacher Diversity Matter in Student Learning?

“Research shows that students, especially boys, benefit when teachers share their race or gender. Yet most teachers are white women.” Claire Cain Miller reports on several studies about the impact of teacher gender and race on student achievement.  While training…

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How teachers can support students during Ramadan

Rusul Alrubail gives a brief explanation of Ramadan observances and notes that space, understanding and empathy are what Muslim students want from their schools and teachers.  To read the complete essay, click here.  Ramadan mubarak.

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It Doesn’t Just Happen at Starbucks. Teachers Need Racial Bias Training Too.

Zachary Wright, a white man and 12th-grade literature teacher, relates how he came to understand his complicity in the perpetuation of systems of racial oppression. “The tearing down of implicit racial bias is not a one-off exercise, but rather something…

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Preventing Racial Bias in the Classroom: What One Researcher Hopes to Learn

Doris Chang, Director of Clinical Training and Assistant Professor of Psychology at the New School for Social Research, describes a Mindfulness-Based Critical Consciousness Training (MBCC-T) for teachers she is piloting, which “will combine training in mindfulness and culturally-responsive pedagogy with…

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